UNIT 6: Test Traditional
Part 1: Lessons and Morals
Trip was a naughty boy. He liked causing trouble for people. One morning, as Trip was selling Boy Scout popcorn, he told a
man walking in the street that someone stole a box of popcorn. The man tried to help Trip and ran everywhere trying to
find the thief. Trip laughed when the man came back looking tired. Trip told the same thing to another stranger who also
tried to help him catch the popcorn thief. Trip caused trouble for people all afternoon.
As Trip was getting ready to pack up his boxes, someone quietly stole his popcorn. When Trip saw that his popcorn boxes
were actually stolen, he cried for help. The same people who had tried to help Trip earlier passed by his table. Nobody
believed that Trip was telling the truth. They did not want to help him and walked away. Trip learned that it was his fault
people did not believe him.
1. What is the lesson of this selection?
A. People never try to be helpful to strangers and children.
B. Liars cannot be trusted, even when they tell the truth.
C. It is difficult for some people to sell Boy Scout popcorn.
D. It is important to learn how to be a good Boy Scout.
Anil was angry. His Lightning Man action figure was gone. Dad had just bought it for him for his birthday, and now it was
missing. Anil had barely gotten a chance to play with it. He knew exactly where it was.
Anil stormed into Zachary's room. There was Lightning Man, lying on Zachary's floor.
"I knew you took Lightning Man!" Anil yelled.
"How many times have I told you not to borrow my things without asking me?" "I have no idea how he got there,"
A moment later, Dad came into the room with his hands full of toys. "Good, both of you are here. I need to clean up the
living room before Grandma arrives. Zachary, these are yours. Please put them away."
As Zachary started putting his toys away, he said, "Anil, some of these are yours."
Anil looked down. Zachary was right. Dad had mixed up their toys when he was straightening up the living room. That
was how Lightning Man must have gotten into Zachary's room.
2. What is the moral of the story above?
A. Get the facts before you get mad at someone.
B. Always keep an eye on your belongings.
C. Little brothers are almost always to blame for lost toys.
D. Lost toys usually turn up somewhere.
Roberto loved playing soccer. It was his favorite thing to do.
Roberto loved soccer so much that he decided to try out for the school's soccer team. On the day of the tryouts, he
listened to everything the coach said and tried his best.
Roberto did not make the team. A lot of the other boys were better than he was. Roberto was disappointed.
Even though he was upset, Roberto did not stop playing soccer. Instead, he practiced every day. He played with his
friends. He played with his brothers. When he did not have anyone else to play with, he kicked the ball against the side of
the house. He wanted to become a great soccer player and make the team.
When the school held tryouts the following year, Roberto was the first one on the field. He was faster than a lot of the
other boys and was great at stealing the ball away. He even scored two goals.
This time, Roberto made the team. He was happy that he tried again.
3. What is the moral of the story?
A. Some people are better soccer players than others.
B. If you do not get what you want, you should be upset.
C. Playing sports helps keep people healthy and active.
D. If you want something very badly, do not give up.
Sobia was very excited about her birthday party. Although she did not need much, Sobia expected a lot of gifts. After all,
it is not every day that a girl turns nine, Sobia thought.
On the day of the party, Sobia helped her mom decorate and cook. The party was a lot of fun. All the kids from Sobia's
class enjoyed the party and gave her gifts. Sobia was happy to be with her friends, but she wanted to see the presents
more. After the party was over, Sobia hurried up and went through the gift boxes, wraps, and bags. She looked at the pile of
gifts and still felt like she wanted more.
"Mom, is that all I got this year?" Sobia asked her mom.
"Honey, think about all the love you got from your friends," her mom said. "Each of your friends thought about what you
like and got you something special. You have many good friends. That is more than you can ask for."
Sobia thought about what her mom said and felt truly happy.
4. What is the lesson of this selection?
A. It is easier for some people to have more friends.
B. People should not have a lot of birthday parties.
C. You should be happy with what you already have.
D. More kids should help their parents in the kitchen.
Part 2: Recounting Stories (Summarization)
Alex Hewitt's daughter liked to chat with friends online. Mr. Hewitt was upset that she did not know anything about the
people she talked to. She didn't even know her friends' ages! He wanted his daughter and other kids to be safe, so he decided
to do something about it.
He started a program called Net ID. A child and parent fill out a form that says how old the child is. A doctor or teacher then
has to sign the form. This shows that the facts given are true. When kids are online, they can see the age of the other person.
Hewitt adds, "People want to feel safe online and know that the people they are talking to are who they say they are."
1. Which of these best summarizes the passage?
A. A teacher or doctor decides whether children can chat online or not. Alex Hewitt gives children cards that let them play
on the Internet.
B. People wanted their kids to be safe online, so they called Alex Hewitt. Alex Hewitt invented Net ID so children are safe
on the computer.
C. Children can get an ID card with their parents' permission. This ID card was made by Alex Hewitt. He was very worried
about his daughter.
D. Alex Hewitt was worried that kids were not safe online. He invented Net ID. It helps kids know the ages of people they
talk to online.
2. I raced home from school through the rain, holding my books so they would not get wet. I had just checked out a
new book about Amelia Earhart from the library. I couldn't wait to read it. Amelia Earhart is my hero. She was the
first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. I love to read stories about her. In fact, I named my pet pigeon Amelia in
Which of these best retells the passage?
A. A child rushes home in the rain. He or she is excited to read a library book about his or her hero, Amelia Earhart.
B. A child races home in the rain to see his or her pigeon. He or she named the bird after his or her favorite pilot, Amelia
C. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She is a hero to many children who want to fly.
D. A child named his or her pet pigeon Amelia. He or she wants her to be the first pigeon to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
like Amelia Earhart.
3. Exercise can be a lot of fun. It's good for you, too. Playing catch or kickball with a friend makes the heart beat
faster. The heart will become stronger and stay healthy. The more people exercise, the more energy they'll have.
Eating an ice cream cone and playing video games are fun things to do, but don't forget to get some kind of exercise
Which is the best summary of this paragraph?
A. It is fun and healthy to exercise. Playing catch and video games are some things to do with friends.
B. Eating an ice cream cone or playing video games is not exercise. It is more fun to run around.
C. It is important to do things that make the heart beat faster every day. Exercise is good for the heart.
D. Playing catch or kickball with friends is exercise. Eating an ice cream cone or playing video games is not.
Lois went fishing with her father Monday. It was a beautiful day! After sitting there for hours, Lois finally got a bite on
her line. She reeled in an eight-pound perch, but she let it go. "I'd spend every day fishing if I could," she thought to herself
as she released the fish. On her way back to the house, she tripped, and her box of fishing stuff fell all over the sidewalk.
As Lois picked up her things, she noticed a folded piece of green paper. She picked it up and unfolded it. The piece of
paper was a one hundred dollar bill! Lois put the money into her pocket and went home a very happy girl.
4. Which is the best summary of this paragraph?
A. Lois went fishing with her father all afternoon and tripped on the way home from the docks.
B. Lois went on a fun fishing trip with her father. On her way home, she tripped and found $100.
C. Lois caught a perch while she was fishing with her father one afternoon at the lake.
D. Lois had to pick up all of her fishing stuff when she tripped on her way home from fishing.
Part 3: Compare and Contrast
I Didn't Do It
by Christine M. Irvin
My dog and I were outside. I was watering the flowers. I sprayed the hose as far as it could go. It went over the fence and hit Mrs. Fritz,
"Tony!" Mom came running and asked, "What happened?"
Mrs. Fritz's face was red.
"I was watering the flowers. Then the dog hit my arm. I didn't do it."
"Tony?" Mom said.
"OK. I sprayed Mrs. Fritz. I'm sorry."
Yesterday, I cleared dishes off the table. I scraped all the leftovers onto my sister's plate. I picked them up. The top plate slid off.
"Tony!" Mom yelled. "What happened?"
"I wanted to see how many plates I could carry. Then . . . the food on the top moved."
"Tony?" Mom said.
"I dropped the plate. I'm sorry."
Billy and the Beach Umbrella
by Irene N. Watts
Billy and Grandpa went to the beach. Grandpa spread out his beach towel. Billy went for a swim and then headed back to shore.
Grandpa was troubled. His beach umbrella was rolling down the beach.
Billy ran and reached for the umbrella. The moment he grabbed it, a breeze lifted the umbrella and carried it along the beach.
Grandpa tried hard to keep up. The wind whooshed the umbrella down the beach.
Billy steered the umbrella around. Then the wind changed directions. It began to blow Billy backwards.
Just as Billy's fingers started sliding, the wind somersaulted Billy back onto the beach towel. He was still holding the umbrella.
"You got it! What a remarkable boy," panted Grandpa as he fell onto the towel.
1. How are the stories different?
A. Tony is a soccer player; Billy is a champion swimmer.
B. Tony causes accidents; Billy's accident is not his fault.
C. Tony's father blames Tony; Billy's grandfather blames Billy.
D. Tony never gets into trouble; Billy always gets in trouble.
2. How are the passages similar?
A. Both passages involve characters playing soccer.
B. Both passages have characters who get into accidents.
C. Both of the main characters live on a beach.
D. Both of the main characters blame things on others.
3. In passage 2, how does Grandpa change from the beginning of the story to the end?
A. He goes from troubled to tired.
B. He goes from angry to worried.
C. He goes from happy to worried.
D. He goes from relaxed to bored.
4. In passage 1, how is Tony's first accident different from his second accident?
A. The first accident involved Tony's dog; Tony kicked a ball to cause the second accident.
B. The first accident involved Tony's sister; Tony's second accident involved his dog.
C. The first accident involved Mrs. Fritz; Tony's second accident involved breaking a plate.
D. The first accident involved Tony's father; Tony's second accident involved his mom.